Cheese Puffs

29 Sep
Light, crunchy and delicious!

Light, crunchy and delicious!

This recipe has been on the Low Carb boards for ages so I thought I would give it a try.  However, it calls for popcorn seasoning which I do not use (nor would I know where to buy it or would I want to).  I mixed up my own flavourings.  You could vary the spices to your own taste.  These are a very low carb version of “Cheetos” but with a home made flavouring.     Since the cheese needs to be frozen, I normally do this overnight, but it will probably take a few hours depending upon your freezer.

As this mixture is piped, you can play around with the shapes if you are feeling creative.   Your own intials for some fun would be cool!!  Or heart shapes for your own Chief Taster!  Perhaps play around with the shapes for Halloween?

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Lemon and Lime Cake (Coconut Flour)

22 Sep

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I initially made this cake with blending a lemon and lime together.  The cake was bitter and even the Chief Taster winced as he reached for another slice.  It was binned.   So, the next time I boiled the lemon and lime for an hour before using them in the recipe. This was much better and removed the bitter taste.   The sponge is so soft and moist.  I loved it!  Definitely a sponge recipe to play around with other flavours.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Learn Something New! 20 Cooking Tips and Tricks

18 Sep

“September is “Self Improvement Month” and in recognition of this and the online learning company Webucator’s “Teach Your Talent” project, I thought I would share some cooking and kitchen tips. To give back to the cause and help others improve their skills, they are also offering free monthly self-paced Microsoft training courses. This month the course is Advanced PowerPoint 2013.”

Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing.  I call it my yoga and can spend many hours in the kitchen cooking, especially at weekends, as a way to relax.  Having music or a Netflix series in the background helps me too!  It helps that when you cook in your own kitchen you are not under the same pressure as a commercial one and can pretty much bake at your own pace with planning and a few shortcuts always help.

Here are a few cooking tips that hopefully will entice your inner chef/Diva to come out.

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Oooh! Tell me more Diva…

Flaxseed Crackers

15 Sep

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I love how simple these are to make and how delicious they are.   You can play around with the flavourings to suit your taste and for those of you who are not the biggest fan of flaxseed, spice it up!   They are delicious with dips as well as by themselves.   It’s made me want to reach for more dip recipes as this is a great cracker in texture and taste.    The great thing is that this is a wonderful way to get some glorious flaxseed into your diet.  Flax seed is high in fibre, antioxidants, magnesium, phosphorus,  and is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which is an excellent preventative for degenerative illnesses like heart disease, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis.  A great low carb food too!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Zucchini Hummus

9 Sep
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Creamy, low carb hummus

I love hummus but was looking for a low carb alternative and just happened to have a bunch of zucchini in the fridge, so voila!  This is just so delicious!  Creamy, garlicky and lemony – yummy!  I ate it with a few flax seed crackers I had and enjoyed it so much that I immediately baked another batch of  flax seed crackers, as I wanted to eat more of the hummus.   The consistency is lighter than the traditional hummus and will not give you any bloating as there are no beans in it.  Much easier to digest too!  I served this with a garnish of parsley and a sprinkling of paprika.  Delicious!

The Chief Taster ate this with justo and even ate it with my flaxseed crackers without his usual moans about the taste of flaxseed.  I think I have found the perfect food disguise to get him to eat more flaxseed!  I am now thinking of having this in a cauliflower wrap for lunch today….nom nom!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Ricotta and Cauliflower Gnocchi

31 Aug

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This is another amazing recipe I found on Maria Mind Body and Health Site.   I had some ricotta and cauliflower in the fridge and was wondering what to do with it when I came across her great recipe for gnocchi.  It was delicious but I added more flavouring to them as I found the first batch in need of little “something”.  I served mine with a marina sauce but think that these would also be delicious with a buttery sage sauce.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

My Favourite 20 Recipes

26 Aug

Since I’ve achieved the milestone of 500 postings and also my three years of blogging anniversary I thought I would have a review of my recipes and pick my favourite 10 food recipes.  This proved to be near impossible so finally got it down to 20 which took me a while too!  What I also liked is the memory that each recipe evoked.  Where I was living and what I was doing at the time.  We have moved around so much in the last three years, that each recipe is a time capsule for me.  I having the nagging feeling that I have missed something out too!  Especially the raw Key Lime Dish as that was delicious!  Ooooh, and cauliflower wraps..!

I now need to get the Chief Taster to pick his favourite recipes.  I am curious to how they vary, especially since he eats meat and I do not!  He’s not allowed to look at my list though, until he has given me his. (A task for him this weekend I think!).  It’s made me want to spend a weekend cooking some of the others not on the list though, just to revisit them..and there are photos on some that definitely need revisiting! Must improve this!

Would love to know what your favourite recipes are too! Drop me a line!

I want to know more Diva…

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